"Amusing Ourselves to Death" describes the modern age of cultural and societal development in relation to mass media entertainment propagated through television culture. Neil Postman summarizes the history of information dissemination through education and entertainment by describing its affect on the population enacting its consumption. This begins by describing how, prior to the mid twentieth century, information was passed through literature and interpersonal speech in voluminous quantities. The television is shown to have provided a paradigm shift away from the historical standard of entertainment based on literature, which has cast a large shadow across the world, perhaps bigger than all others since the invention of electricity.
The affect which television has enacted to the modern world and its function, is clearly revealed in this short and remarkably clarifying work. The title amusing ourselves to death is shown to be a very real phenomenon, in which reality is underscored to provide flickering images and sound bytes functioning to turn our world into a source of cheap thrilling disposable entertainment. While this document does not perhaps lack exposure, if you are in a portion of the population segment that has not yet explored this authorship, it would certainly be worthwhile to obtain a copy. Our citizens of the world must educate themselves through literature and books in academia (on a personal basis) or suffer from the wide-scale manipulation of a corporate media juggernaut which gains power with each passing year. Since finishing this book I have hardly cast any of my gaze at the television in any way (not that I really did before). I would guess 'Amusing Ourselves to Death' would have similar effect on you.